See how the 2016 Best Colleges for compare to our 2015 ranking.

2016 RankCollegeState2015 RankYOY Change
1Stanford UniversityCA10
2Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMA20
3Yale UniversityCT4+1
4Harvard UniversityMA3-1
5Rice UniversityTX50
6University of PennsylvaniaPA60
7Duke UniversityNC11+4
8Brown UniversityRI12+4
9California Institute of TechnologyCAnot rankedn/a
10University of Southern CaliforniaCA9-1
11Princeton UniversityNJ7-4
12Washington University in St. LouisMO8-4
13University of Notre DameIN16+3
14Columbia UniversityNY15+1
15Bowdoin CollegeME13-2
16University of Texas - AustinTX17+1
17Vanderbilt UniversityTN10-7
18Georgetown UniversityDC24+6
19Williams CollegeMA22+3
20University of ChicagoIL18-2
21University of Michigan - Ann ArborMI20-1
22Dartmouth CollegeNH27+5
23Cornell UniversityNY26+3
24Carleton CollegeMN25+1
25University of VirginiaVA23-2
26University of California - Los AngelesCA19-7
27Washington & Lee UniversityVA38+11
28University of California - BerkeleyCA32+4
29Pomona CollegeCA21-8
30Northwestern UniversityIL28-2
31University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNC14-17
32Emory UniversityGA31-1
33Colgate UniversityNY51+18
34Amherst CollegeMA340
35Georgia Institute of TechnologyGA55+20
36Carnegie Mellon UniversityPA68+32
37University of FloridaFL30-7
38University of WisconsinWI33-5
39Johns Hopkins UniversityMD390
40Texas A&M UniversityTX45+5
41University of GeorgiaGA42+1
42Middlebury CollegeVT37-5
43Haverford CollegePAnot rankedn/a
44Tufts UniversityMA62+18
45University of RichmondVA60+15
46University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignIL57+11
47Bucknell UniversityPA46-1
48Vassar CollegeNY50+2
49Penn StatePA41-8
50Wesleyan UniversityCT29-21
51Virginia TechVA58+7
52Hamilton CollegeNY520
53University of WashingtonWA77+24
54Wake Forest UniversityNC78+24
55University of California - Santa BarbaraCA71+16
56Colby CollegeME65+9
57New York UniversityNY61+4
58Lehigh UniversityPA95+37
59Brigham Young UniversityUT36-23
60Ohio State UniversityOH35-25
61Grinnell CollegeIA44-17
62University of PittsburghPA79+17
63College of William & MaryVA69+6
64University of Maryland - College ParkMD81+17
65University of MiamiFL43-22
66Michigan State UniversityMI64-2
67Northeastern UniversityMA75+8
68Franklin & Marshall CollegePA85+17
69Davidson CollegeNC53-16
70Purdue UniversityIN86+16
71Macalester CollegeMN67-4
72University of Minnesota - Twin CitiesMN66-6
73Santa Clara UniversityCA88+15
74Union College - New YorkNY740
75Southern Methodist UniversityTX89+14
76Florida State UniversityFL72-4
77University of California - DavisCA93+16
78Boston CollegeMA56-22
79College of the Holy CrossMA122+43
80University of RochesterNY94+14
81Swarthmore CollegePA49-32
82Clemson UniversitySC820
83Bates CollegeME63-20
84Case Western Reserve UniversityOH127+43
85Brandeis UniversityMA107+22
86Whitman CollegeWA70-16
87Claremont McKenna CollegeCAnot rankedn/a
88Boston UniversityMA101+13
89Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyIN104+15
90Indiana University - BloomingtonIN97+7
91Kenyon CollegeOH73-18
92University of AlabamaAL48-44
93Oklahoma State UniversityOK105+12
94Tulane UniversityLA84-10
95Whitworth UniversityWA103+8
96Oberlin CollegeOH87-9
97Lafayette CollegePA124+27
98Clark UniversityMA154+56
99Iowa State UniversityIA117+18
100Gettysburg CollegePA121+21
101Syracuse UniversityNY123+22
102North Carolina State UniversityNC112+10
103Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNY164+61
104Colorado CollegeCO59-45
105University of IowaIA108+3
106George Washington UniversityDC135+29
107Rutgers UniversityNJ138+31
108Babson CollegeMA91-17
109University of KansasKS113+4
110Louisiana State UniversityLA118+8
111Auburn UniversityAL92-19
112Villanova UniversityPA128+16
113Occidental CollegeCA109-4
114University of DaytonOH98-16
115Worcester Polytechnic InstituteMA161+46
116Texas Christian UniversityTX96-20
117James Madison UniversityVA142+25
118University of MissouriMO116-2
119Lawrence UniversityWInot rankedn/a
120Colorado School of MinesCO217+97
121Loyola Marymount UniversityCA147+26
122University of South CarolinaSC90-32
123St. Olaf CollegeMN111-12
124Missouri University of Science & TechnologyMO272+148
125Pacific Union CollegeCAnot rankedn/a
126Mississippi State UniversityMS110-16
127University of ArkansasAR100-27
128Marquette UniversityWI174+46
129Skidmore CollegeNY130+1
130University of DelawareDE140+10
131University of OklahomaOK114-17
132Calvin CollegeMI115-17
133St. Lawrence UniversityNY99-34
134Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMN125-9
135Wheaton College - IllinoisIL80-55
136University of Central FloridaFL106-30
137Arizona State UniversityAZ169+32
138Bentley UniversityMA191+53
139University of TulsaOK126-13
140Miami UniversityOH183+43
141Baylor UniversityTX129-12
142Saint Louis UniversityMO155+13
143Kansas State UniversityKS145+2
144University of ConnecticutCT132-12
145California Polytechnic State University - San Luis ObispoCA119-26
146University of California - San DiegoCA158+12
147University of Colorado - BoulderCOnot rankedn/a
148DePauw UniversityIN139-9
149The College of IdahoIDnot rankedn/a
150Dickinson CollegePA177+27
151University of ArizonaAZ143-8
152Creighton UniversityNE165+13
153University of TennesseeTN167+14
154University of CincinnatiOH157+3
155University of UtahUT175+20
156University of Nebraska - LincolnNE137-19
157Pepperdine UniversityCA136-21
158University of MississippiMS120-38
159Texas Tech UniversityTX148-11
160Millsaps CollegeMSnot rankedn/a
161Stevens Institute of TechnologyNJ195+34
162St. Edward's UniversityTX153-9
163Samford UniversityAL209+46
164Drexel UniversityPA280+116
165DePaul UniversityIL159-6
166Sewanee - The University of the SouthTNnot rankedn/a
167Willamette UniversityOR181+14
168University of California - IrvineCA196+28
169University of HoustonTX204+35
170University of OregonOR141-29
171Westmont CollegeCAnot rankedn/a
172Rhodes CollegeTN160-12
173Colorado State UniversityCO176+3
174Polytechnic Institute of New York UniversityNY286+112
175Oral Roberts UniversityOK131-44
176Centre CollegeKYnot rankedn/a
177Wofford CollegeSC178+1
178Drake UniversityIA200+22
179Trinity University - TexasTX185+6
180Clarkson UniversityNY328+148
181University of Massachusetts - AmherstMA232+51
182University of South FloridaFL144-38
183Kalamazoo CollegeMInot rankedn/a
184Washington State UniversityWA245+61
185University of DenverCO193+8
186Michigan Technological UniversityMI250+64
187Temple UniversityPA225+38
188University of the PacificCA304+116
189St. Mary's University - TexasTX235+46
190California State University - Long BeachCA188-2
191Illinois Institute of TechnologyIL356+165
192Hendrix CollegeARnot rankedn/a
193Loyola University MarylandMD320+127
194University at Buffalo, SUNYNY208+14
195University of Alabama - BirminghamAL180-15
196Rochester Institute of TechnologyNY207+11
197California Baptist UniversityCA214+17
198University of ScrantonPA227+29
199Transylvania UniversityKYnot rankedn/a
200Oregon State UniversityOR246+46
201American UniversityDC173-28
202Loyola University New OrleansLA224+22
203Manhattan CollegeNY357+154
204Luther CollegeIA179-25
205University of San DiegoCA146-59
206Illinois Wesleyan UniversityIL219+13
207Southwestern UniversityTXnot rankedn/a
208University of LouisvilleKY182-26
209University of KentuckyKY152-57
210Providence CollegeRI213+3
211University of Puerto Rico - MayaguezPRnot rankedn/a
212University of San FranciscoCA300+88
213Indiana Wesleyan UniversityIN378+165
214University of St. Thomas - TexasTXnot rankedn/a
215Gonzaga UniversityWA206-9
216Hope CollegeMI187-29
217Butler UniversityIN216-1
218Virginia Military InstituteVAnot rankedn/a
219Chaminade University of HonoluluHI350+131
220Washington CollegeMDnot rankedn/a
221University of North TexasTX197-24
222Binghamton University, SUNYNY234+12
223College of WoosterOH149-74
224Westminster College - MissouriMOnot rankedn/a
225Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaCA432+207
226Xavier UniversityOH212-14
227Emerson CollegeMA205-22
228University of Illinois at ChicagoIL296+68
229Lewis & Clark CollegeOR168-61
230Beloit CollegeWInot rankedn/a
231West Virginia UniversityWV202-29
232Westminster College - UtahUT240+8
233La Salle UniversityPA488+255
234University of PortlandOR285+51
235Texas State UniversityTX222-13
236Florida International UniversityFL226-10
237Bryant UniversityRI311+74
238Presbyterian CollegeSCnot rankedn/a
239Trinity College - ConnecticutCT262+23
240Allegheny CollegePA309+69
241Nova Southeastern UniversityFL189-52
242John Brown UniversityAR151-91
243San Diego State UniversityCA170-73
244Azusa Pacific UniversityCA330+86
245Union UniversityTN257+12
246Chapman UniversityCA192-54
247Saint Michael's CollegeVT194-53
248Maryville UniversityMO236-12
249Furman UniversitySC199-50
250Molloy CollegeNY321+71